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June 12, 2013

Reading Partners Receives $75,000 Grant To Expand Successful Literacy Program in Colorado

June 12, 2013—Denver, CO—National education nonprofit Reading Partners announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to support its current program at seven Denver and Aurora, CO schools and help expand to three additional schools in the 2013-14 school year.

Reading Partners launched in Colorado in 2012, providing one-on-one literacy tutoring to 366 students reading between six months and two and a half years behind grade level. Nationally, the organization operates in 103 schools, serving 5,500 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

 “We’re extremely proud to have the support of the Daniels Fund,” said Michael Turner, Reading Partners Colorado Regional Executive Director. “Thanks to this investment, Reading Partners can serve more students who critically need individual attention to thrive in and out of school.”

Reading Partners sees demonstrable results in the reading skills of students in its program. In the 2011-12 school year, 89 percent of students accelerated their progress in reading. Before enrollment last year, Reading Partners students gained an average of only 0.6 months of reading skills for every month in the classroom. By the end of the year with Reading Partners, our students gained an average of 1.6 months of reading skills per month, more than doubling their rate of learning and catching up to their on-grade peers.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit organization that provides volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to more than 5,500 elementary school students in 103 schools in low-income communities across six states and the District of Columbia. Reading Partners delivers a highly effective, research-validated program that has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Visit https://www.readingpartners.org, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, to learn more about how Reading Partners is helping improve student literacy, and how you can help children in your community improve their reading skills and succeed in school.

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Contact:

Joe Ventura
Senior Communications Manager
(510) 830-3035
joe.ventura [at] readingpartners [dot] org

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